November 1, 2021

Your home should be a source of comfort to you in every way possible. Whether you own the house or rent it, it should be a place that you can call your own. Some homes may not be as pleasant as others; therefore, owners are forced to invest significant amounts of money to make it as comfortable as possible. 

But, you don’t have to invest huge chunks of your savings into maintaining your home if you use creativity. A few changes here and there can bring out the personality of the place which is possible by hiring the short term property management service based firm.

In this article, we will discuss several factors you can consider as basic home improvement ideas. There are many DIY, cost-effective solutions for you to give your space a makeover and make it look like a million bucks. 

Why? Because personalizing your space makes it all the more you, whether you own the property or not. 

Working on a budget and doing it yourself can be extremely rewarding, especially when you see your surroundings change before your eyes. In addition, there’s something special about working on the house with your own hands. 

Here are five things you may want to consider. 

Build your furniture

To start, you may need to clear one of the rooms in your house to make it a shop. When you convert a room and make it a shop, you’ll need a few power tools to get the job done, especially if you’re working around wood. 

Since there will be sawdust once you start working with wood, using a self storage facility to store the things you’re not working on is an excellent option to make working easier. These storage units come in varying sizes, so you can choose which one suits you best. 

It might take you a few weeks or months before you have the piece of furniture ready, so rather than keeping your stuff out in the open, store it in a secure location.

Coming back to furniture, shelves, chairs, and platform beds are some of the easiest things to make. Moreover, they are considerably cheaper than buying a ready-made piece of furniture from the market. 

Besides the cost factor, it’s always a good idea to learn a skill while you can. DIY carpentry and woodworking are always appreciated and can become a worthwhile hobby. 

Paint the kitchen cabinets

If you are looking to spice up the house, you should start with the kitchen. If you have old/run-down cabinets, it may be a good idea to take them off and change them up a bit. You may not be able to work with the style all that much, but you can certainly give them a new paint job. 

Sand the cabinets down and take the paint off. After that, grab a spray gun and paint away. We don’t recommend painting your cabinets with brushes as you may leave streaks on the cabinets. A spraying machine coats the wood evenly, and you don’t have to worry about smudges. 

You may or may not want to lacquerer the wood, which also depends on how you painted. Remember, you can’t go wrong with black, white, and traditional wood stain. 

Demolish a wall to make some space

Open concept plans are always better than boxy closed-off houses. Closed-off spaces can make the place feel claustrophobic and take its toll on the inhabitant’s health. 

One of the best (and arguably worst) things about American houses is their use of drywall. The thin walls are easy to tear down if you want to create some extra space. You can handle the demolition yourself. However, cleaning up the debris and neatening the place may require a professional. 

It shouldn’t cost you too much to take a wall down, and the result can change the entire theme of the house. People prefer open concept floor plans in modern times to add a great deal of character to the place. 

Change the doors 

Basic doors lose their appeal after a while. The longer you live in the house, the more likely you will get fed up with the doors and want to change them. Painting them may be a good idea but if you want a more significant and more dramatic change, consider replacing them entirely. 

You can buy new ones for under $100 and replace them yourself. Just fit the hinges, and voila, you have an entirely new door to work with. The hard part is setting the locks. You can either look at a DIY lock solution or call in the locksmith to make changes. Either way, the entire process shouldn’t cost you all that much. 

Add better lighting

Changing the lighting fixtures is one of the best things you can do for your interior design. If you live in an older house, it’s about time you added a modern touch and changed things up.

Lights have a fantastic way of brightening the place up (literally and figuratively). Soft, warm light can profoundly impact the interior design and completely change the room’s theme. 

Moreover, the fixtures that the light is being emitted from matter too. Make sure you get classy/ modern designs that complement your interior theme. Installing the lights should be reasonably straightforward, and the fixtures themselves won’t cost too much. 


There we have it, some of the best DIY, cost-effective solutions when it comes to home improvement. You can consider these factors for your next remodeling project and implement whichever ones you think suit you best. 

With that said, please do so carefully. DIY may seem fun and relatively easy at times, but a lot could potentially go wrong. Make sure you wear adequate safety gear and have someone with you at all times. 

Now make your house into a home. Good luck!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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